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Is there additional value attached to health gains at the end-of-life? A re-visit

Dorte Gyrd-Hansen ()
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Dorte Gyrd-Hansen: COHERE, Postal: Department of Business and Economics & Department of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, http://www.sdu.dk/staff/dgh

No 2017:2, DaCHE discussion papers from University of Southern Denmark, Dache - Danish Centre for Health Economics

Abstract: Researchers have in recent years sought to establish whether the general public value treatment at the end-of-life (EOL) more highly than other treatments. Results are mixed, with social preferences most often exhibiting lack of preferences for EOL treatments. This nul-result may be driven by the often applied study design, where respondents are to choose between treatments targeting patients with varying fixed life-expectancies. When remaining life is certain and salient, a rule-of-rescue sentiment may drive preferences across all scenarios. This study presents a different design, where the comparator is a preventive intervention. We study preferences from both an individual and social perspective, and find no preference for an EOL premium when age is held constant. We test the interaction between age and EOL treatment, and finder stronger preferences when patients face premature death.

Keywords: Stated preferences; priority setting; end-of-life treatment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D61 I13 I14 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 9 pages
Date: 2017-01-16
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-dcm and nep-hea
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